Watercolor sundress--Zooey Deschanel?

With some sunny days off and on here in Oregon, I've been thinking about cute summery dresses!  I made this dress the other day:
The fabric is some my mom bought me a year or more ago at JoAnn's because she thought I would like it.  I've been saving it and I think it works great with this style!  I can't tell if the background is black or navy, so I doubt you can tell in the pics... I used dark navy thread but a black zipper, does that help?
I used my standby for strapless dresses, the discontinued McCalls 5849.  I made mine quite a lot longer than this, though, and added some ruching at the center front to make it look like gathered casing that houses the straps.
Funny, after I had made this dress, I saw a very similar print on one at Fred Flare!  It's cute but I stand by my design.

I looove Zooey Deschanel so on a photostream of her cute looks I saw this dress.  How cute is she?  The style is almost identical to mine; the strap closure is a little different.  If I wanted I could tack the halter ties down in the back to get this look.
Hooray for summer!

20 comments

  1. Zooey rocks all over the place. I think your dress is quite loverly

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  2. It's gorgeous - the shape is just perfect! This spring I've been really into dark backgrounds with florals. It's something a bit different from the usual pastel colours for the summer.

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  3. Wow! It really does resemble the Fred Flare dress - love it!

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  4. I just found this pattern online for $2. Yay!

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  5. oh i love it! your talents never cease to amaze me. :)

    Happy Friday!

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

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  6. cute! I love the fabric!

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  7. it turned out beautifully! i particularly love the strap addition, i think it's so flattering for summer. I may just have to make a knock-off. ;)

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  8. So cute!! Love it--and I think Zooey is adorable!

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  9. cute! Do you think something life this would work in a knit? That would be so comfy:)

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  10. Oh that is sooooo cute!! GREAT Job!!

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  11. Fantastic dress! I'm also a fan of Zooey too and love her girly, quirky style. Love the neck strap addition to the strapless dress, kind of like a safety feature!

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  12. I'm totally following ur blog, I just love it, I also love to make clothes and decorating items specially out of recycled materials, I luv creating new things out of old materials, I just wish I could have time to a project each day, and this dress came out gorgeous by the way, Great Job!
    xoxo

    www.flowerchildstyle.blogspot.com

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  13. That dress is fab, I love the print! Good idea on making it a bit longer too...it's a perfect day dress length :D

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  14. Very Zooey esque! It would look awesome with a jean vest over top too that would remind me of her also! Love what you did!!

    ~Morgan

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  15. Your dress turned out so cute. I love the alterations you made to the original pattern. Makes me anxious to do some summer sewing for myself!

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  16. very nice! Don't you love when you're one step ahead of a trend?

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  17. Very cute dress! And that's convenient, that you can't decide whether it's blue or black. That way you have more shoes to combine with :-)

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  18. Wow. You're lucky that you don't live close to me because this might get stolen. By someone. Not me.

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  19. This is stunning! Question - do you think it would be possible to use the bodice part of Macaron from Colette Patterns to make a similar style dress? I was thinking I could use the pattern for the top part and then just add a gathered skirt. I love this style!

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  20. Hi Kat!
    You can always add a gathered skirt to any dress pattern, as long as you get the waist at the right place, which you would with the Macaron because it already has a natural waistband. I think you'd have to be really careful about using the midrif/bodice part as a dress on its own, since it probably fits way looser than a strapless dress should. If you measure as you cut, you probably could get it right, but it's tricky and might not fit right. There are a few other tube dress patterns out there, Simplicity has one in the formal section, I recommend buying one of those and adding the skirt you want!

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